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Marlwood/Waverly Water Quality Enhancement Project

Marlwood/Waverly is a water quality enhancement project located off of Albemarle Road. It is a project that encompasses two ponds, and several culverts that will be studied as a holistic project.

Marlwood pond is North and East of Marlwood Circle, West of Timber Lake Drive, and South of Sherington Way. The drainage area of Marlwood Pond is 1,348 acres and the surface area of the pond is 5.91 acres.

Waverly Pond is just upstream from Marlwood Pond. Waverly Pond is North and adjacent to Albemarle Road, South of Ivey Hollow Drive, East of Almond Road and West of Tamora Drive. The drainage area of Waverly Pond is 896 acres and the surface area of the pond is 17.9 acres.


- Preserve the water quality benefits of the pond through maintenance activities that extend the service life of the pond.

Marlwood/Waverly project area map 

Estimated Cost: TBD

Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, permits and landscaping.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage the Marlwood/ Waverly Storm Drain Improvement Project through the phases listed below.

Feasibility/Planning Phase (March 2013 - December 2013)
During the feasibility/planning phase, the existing conditions of the pond and the road were evaluated and several improvement alternatives were developed. These alternatives were evaluated to determine the best solution and a recommended alternative was selected and used as a guide for the design.

Easement Acquisition (Started May 2014)
The City works with citizens and businesses to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs) and Temporary Construction Easements (TCEs). The City requests that SDEs and TCEs be donated to provide access to the affected properties to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance. The affected property owners provided the essential easements.

Design Phase (Started April 2014)
The engineering consultant is working closely with Storm Water Services to develop the design and the construction plans. Personnel from City of Charlotte, the engineering consultant, land surveyors, wetland specialists, and geotechnical engineers will be working in the area collecting information necessary to complete the design.

Permitting Phase (Time Frame TBD)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments. Other permits such as permission to work within CMU rights-of-way will be obtained during this phase. The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases.

Bid Phase (Time Frame TBD)
During the bid phase, the final plans will be circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process. By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract. The bid phase of a project typically lasts 5 to 6 months.

Construction Phase (Time Frame TBD)
Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners. Construction of proposed improvements will be supervised by a City Inspector. Notifications of key construction dates and will be mailed to residents prior to construction. There are two noticeable phases on projects like this one: major construction and revegetation. The major construction work will be completed in the first six to nine months, weather permitting. Major construction involves earth work, concrete work, culvert installation, roadway repaving and other activities typically associated with a construction project. After the major construction is complete, the revegetation phase will begin. This phase takes a couple growing seasons and is susceptible to things like drought.

Project Team

Chad Nussman
City Project Manager

Amy Bice, E.I.
Watershed Area Manager

Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager


April 2​015  
June 2014  
May 2014  
January 2014 - Marlwood  
January 2014 - Waverly   
December 2013 - Marlwood
December 2013 - Waverly 
August 2013

Meeting Minutes